Mattress Review for 2024
You probably know that memory foam is one of the most sought-after materials for designing mattresses. But are you familiar with the history of memory foam?
Memory foam was originally created by NASA in 1966 as an extra cushioning and protection for their aeroplane seats. Since then, this material has found its way into our homes, cars, and even places like amusement parks.
The reason we love memory foam mattresses is that they provide support, bounciness, and softness. They’re known for durability and longevity given that they still maintain their shape even after years of sleeping on them.
Today, we’ll talk about Ecosa, one of the best all-foam Australian mattresses. We’ll see its unique features, materials and firmness options, as well as how it stands against other popular mattresses.
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Best Mattresses in Australia: Ecosa
Ecosa is an Australian-based company, founded in 2015 by Ringo Chan in Melbourne. The brand is known for the affordable, high-quality, and eco-friendly sleeping gear that ranges from their famous one-for-all mattress, to bed bases, pillows, 100% pesticide-free bamboo bedding, and silk quilts.
In just a few years, the company has managed to expand and make its products available in New Zealand, Hong Kong, the US, and Canada. But why would someone who’s located on the other side of the world purchase the Ecosa mattress?
The answer lies in the top-grading and CertiPur-certified materials that have been carefully chosen from three different locations: Germany (90% of the materials), Japan (5%), and China (5%). The mattresses are then manufactured in China.
Materials and Layers
Let’s break down the layers of the Ecosa mattress:
G-7 memory foam
On the top, the Ecosa mattress has G-& gel-infused memory foam. Aussies tend to think that memory foam simply doesn’t match up well with the extremely hot Australian climate but thanks to the gel particles, Ecosa keeps the bed temperature at bay. Say goodbye to night sweats because this mattress will make sure you wake up feeling cool and fresh.
The ECO-Tex foam is a sophisticated open-cell memory foam layer that the Ecosa mattress are known for. It’s an upgrade on their previous premium latex layer, in response to customers’ feedback.
Following multiple complaints that the mattress causes allergies and quickly loses its colour, the company replaced the latex with open-cell technology that’s both hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant, plus slows down the natural process of discolouration (yellowing), which is characteristic for natural latex (latex comes from the rubber tree, hence the oxidation that turns the mattress yellow).
Not only does the ECO-Tex foam improve the mattress’s durability, but its pin-hole design also promotes unobstructed airflow and creates more bounciness when hugging your body.
High-density support foam
The ergonomic support foam cradles your body in all the right places. It’s great for people who struggle with back pain because it helps maintain the curve of their spine in proper alignment.
To top it off, the Ecosa mattress comes with not one but TWO mattress covers! There’s the waterproof inner cover made with German micro-filament technology that’s dust mite-resistant and fast-drying, and there’s the removable and machine washable Tencel cover. Both covers protect your mattress from unwanted bacteria and external spills and damages.
As if that wasn’t enough, Ecosa also has a fire-resistant, self-extinguishing fabric that instead of flame retardant chemicals has a woven silica sock under the mattress cover. In case of a fire, “the sock melts on itself and suffocates the oxygen needed to fuel the fire”.
The Ecosa mattress ticks all the boxes in terms of firmness. Instead of trying to arrive at the perfect balance between firm and soft comfort layers, Ecosa has designed three different layers that you can easily swap based on your preference and sleeping style.
If you want a soft to medium firmness level, the brand recommends placing the G-7 gel memory foam layer (the blue one) on top. This layer is perfect for side sleepers because it allows their hips and shoulders to sink deeper into the bed without that annoying saggy feeling.
For back sleepers, we suggest putting the high-density support foam (the yellow one) over the other layers for maximum back support and stability.
Finally, if you and your co-sleeper can’t reach a unanimous decision, you can try placing the ECO-Tex foam layer (the white one) on top for a medium-firm feeling. This way, you’ll get both the coziness and support crucial for a good night’s sleep.
Pressure Relief and Motion Isolation
Your spine will be grateful for your wise decision to purchase the Ecosa mattress. Even if you’re not struggling with chronic pain, sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress will take its toll in the long run and cause back problems.
Thanks to Ecosa’s ergonomic support foam, the firmest layer of the three, your spine will always be kept in check. The mattress traces the contours of your body and moulds to cushion your pressure points.
If you share the bed with a restless parent, Ecosa is your saviour! The foam layers isolate mattress movements by pushing it down the base instead of across the surface.
Weight and Thickness
One of Ecosa’s selling points is its variety of mattress sizes. You can order a Single Size Mattress (92 x 188 cm), a Long Single (92 x 203 cm), King Single (107 x 203 cm), Double (138 x 188 cm), Queen Size (153 x 203 cm), King (183 x 203 cm), or a Super King mattress (203 x 203 cm). Choose one that matches your body weight and height.
The King and Queen mattresses weigh 42 kg and 35 kg respectively so you’ll definitely need an extra hand when unpacking and rotating the mattress. The mattress expands to about 25 cm in height.
Compared to some other bestsellers, the Ecosa mattress represents very good value for money. Although prices aren’t fixed and there are some seasonal discounts as well, you can get an Ecosa bed for less than $1000 for a King. The brand believes that good quality doesn’t have to equal enormous price tags. By saving money on showrooms and retail stores, and selling their products directly to customers, Ecosa keeps their prices within the budget-friendly range.
The company offers a number of payment options and allows customers to pay in up to 6 interest-free instalments.
Delivery and Trial Period
Ecosa offers free delivery on its mattresses. If you live in metro areas (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, or Adelaide), you qualify for same-day delivery. Just make sure you place your order before 1:30 pm Sydney/Melbourne time on business days. You also have an option to choose a delivery window. The courier will call you in advance to make sure you’ll be home to receive the mattress.
Those living outside Ecosa’s metro delivery zone will get their mattresses in 1-7 business days. You’ll get an order confirmation and receive tracking updates.
From the day that you receive the mattress, you get a 100-night trial during which you’re allowed to return the mattress if you feel like it doesn’t work for you. Ecosa advises customers to wait at least 14 days before making their decision because their research shows that on average it takes 2-4 weeks for your body to adjust to its new sleeping surface.
Returned mattresses are donated to various partner charities, so once you file a return request, the company will arrange a pick up in coordination with the closest charity. This process can take up to 10 business days but as soon as the charity has your mattress, Ecosa will reimburse the whole amount. Over the years, Ecosa has donated over 5000 mattresses through its major partner, The Salvation Army, and other local charities.
Best Suited For
Did we manage to convince you it’s time to buy a new mattress? Do you think the Ecosa mattress is your ticket to waking up full of energy, ready to seize the day?
We believe that Ecosa has what it takes regardless of your favourite sleeping position. Whether you’re a side, back, or stomach sleeper, whether you prefer a soft or a firm feel, by switching the memory foam layer on top you can find your perfect fit.
This mattress both relaxes and supports you, adapts to the contours of your body, and significantly reduces partner disturbance. It’s made of certified, eco-friendly materials and features a protective top cover and a waterproof inner cover as well. You get the ultimate personalized comfort at a fair price (and free same-day delivery!).
Ecosa vs Koala
Just like Ecosa, Koala is an environmentally conscious brand that cares about minimizing its environmental footprint. Its materials are certified by GECA and contain low VOCs. The brand has also partnered with WWF and allocates a small amount of every mattress purchase on saving endangered koalas.
The materials of these two mattresses are quite similar as they both include all-foam layers but they differ in terms of firmness. Koala is probably the softest mattress on the list of our top picks which can be great for side sleepers who like the gentle feeling of sinking into the mattress but it’s certainly not the best option for back and stomach sleepers who need a firmer mattress like Ecosa.
Ecosa vs Sleeping Duck
Ecosa and Sleeping Duck are one of the rare mattress options available on the Australian market with adjustable firmness. The Sleeping Duck has two interchangeable foam layers, a Hyper-Adaptive foam and a high-density support foam but Ecosa adds one more gel-infused memory foam layer on top, which increases the breathability of the mattress.
However, the Sleeping Duck features 5 zone pocket springs with zero partner disturbance technology and excellent edge support. You can even order a half firm/half medium mattress. The only disadvantage of this mattress lies in its expensive price tag.
Ecosa vs Noa
Noa is for all those sleepers who like to get their ZZZs on a firm mattress. They offer three mattress options: the standard Noa mattress, a pocket spring mattress with open-cell latex and gel-infused memory foam; the Lite mattress, a budget-friendly option; and the Luxe mattress, a luxurious bed with micro coils and an additional bamboo charcoal latex layer that wicks away excess moisture. However, we noticed that lightweight sleepers might have trouble adjusting to this mattress because of its firmness. We believe you’ll find the bouncy layers of the Ecosa mattress more comfortable.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a mattress in a box?
A mattress in a box or bed in a box is an online mattress that arrives at your doorstep in a cardboard box. To achieve this effect, the company compresses the mattresses with special machines (e.g. hydraulic press) and rolls them in tight bundles that fit inside a box. This heat treatment allows them to expand five times their height when unpacked. It also makes mattress shipping super quick and feasible.
How to take care of the mattress?
Typically, you should rotate your mattress 180 degrees every 3-4 months to promote even wear. The brand assures you there’s no need to do that with the Ecosa mattress and suggests swapping the different layers instead. It’s up to you to decide what works best.
As far as cleaning goes, you’ll be happy to learn that the Ecosa mattress cover can be easily removed and placed into your washing machine. We recommend using lukewarm water and avoiding the dryer (let it dry naturally!) so as not to deform the fabric.
Does Ecosa provide sufficient edge support?
Even though pocket spring mattresses are better at providing edge support, as a foam mattress, Ecosa at least provides average support. On the one hand, it’s not too hard on the edges but on the other, it doesn’t let your body sink too deep into the mattress (especially if the Ergonomic foam layer or the ECO-Tex one are at the top).
Do memory foam mattresses need a mattress topper?
Not necessarily. The mattress topper conforms to the surface underneath. Therefore, if the reason why you’re using a topper in the first place is to make your old mattress more comfortable then we’re sorry to break it to you but the topper will become saggy too. However, if you put it on top of a firm memory foam mattress, it will no doubt provide some extra comfort.
How long is the warranty of the Ecosa mattress?
The Ecosa company boasts on offering an above-average 15-year warranty on its mattresses. The warranty isn’t transferable so only the person who purchased the mattress is eligible for the warranty as long as they provide their order confirmation as evidence. In addition, they should write a short description of the problem and photograph the damage.
The warranty applies to manufacturing defects and visible indentations greater than 20 mm, which is more generous than the minimum 30 mm sags required by its competitors. However, the claim will only be accepted if the sagging didn’t occur due to customer negligence and using unsupportive bed base. The warranty also covers defects that cause the mattress to split or crack. In case the mattress cover has a malfunctioning zipper, you’ll only receive a replacement on the cover.
The company reserves the right to repair the damage or provide a suitable replacement. You’ll only receive a refund on major mattress failures. Normal softness increases and changes in preference won’t be taken into account.